Having lost three of their past four travels, the Columbus Blue Jackets (2nd in Metropolitan Division) will try to improve their road form while paying a visit to the Philadelphia Flyers (7th in Metropolitan), who have won just two of their last eight games…
Jackets Lose Two In A Row
The Columbus Blue Jackets (15-10-2) lost two consecutive games (0-2-0) only for the third time this season after following up Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at the New York Islanders with a 9-6 fiasco against the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday. Cam Atkinson (19 goals, 30 points this year) netted a hat trick, his franchise-high sixth in Columbus history, as the Jackets squandered a 4-1 lead, allowing five straight goals in the second period, with tree more coming against them in the final third. Columbus has now lost three of its past five contests (2-3-0), is 8-5-1 in games played on the road this year, and sits 2nd in the Metropolitan Division with 32 points from 27 matchups.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 5, 2018
After 18 starts and 19 total appearances, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed eight goals on 26 shots against Calgary, has posted a 10-9-0 tally for the year with a 3.04 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He is 11-3-1 versus Philadelphia in past encounters with a 1.98 GAA and a .931 save percentage, while Atkinson, who currently leads Columbus in goals and points, has picked up 11 strikes and a couple of assists in 23 previous meetings with the Flyers. The Blue Jackets are 7th in most goals scored per game (3.56), 8th in most goals allowed on average (3.37), 22nd in power play (17.2%) and 21st in penalty kill (76.8%).
Flyers Triumph In Pittsburgh
A two-game losing skid (0-2-0) came to an end for the Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-2), who snatched a 4-2 victory while visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday. Dale Weise (2 goals, 7 points this year) banked the eventual winner, breaking a 2-2 tie with a shorty 51 seconds into the third period. Travis Konecny (8 goals, 16 points), Claude Giroux (9 goals, 30 points) and Jakub Voracek (7 goals, 20 points) also netted for Philadelphia, which has won just two of its past eight outings (2-5-1). The Flyers are 5-7-1 in their home games and are 7th in the Metropolitan Division with 24 points from 25 contests.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 5, 2018
With Philadelphia’s main goaltending personnel all injured, Anthony Stolarz made his second consecutive start and third overall appearance between the pipes, turning away 30 shots by the Pens for his first NHL triumph in almost two years. He is 1-1-0 for the current campaign with a 2.89 GAA and a .912 save percentage, and has never faced Columbus before. Giroux, who presently leads Philly in points, meanwhile, has nabbed eight goals and 16 assists in 26 previous outings against the Blue Jackets. The Flyers are 15th in most goals netted per game (3.00), 3rd in most goals conceded on average (3.52), 27th in power play (15.1%) and 2nd from the bottom in penalty kill (71.3%).
- Flyers are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 home games.
- Blue Jackets are 12-2 in their last 14 Thursday games.
- Blue Jackets are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Blue Jackets have lost their last two games, allowing 12 goals in the process. Still, they haven’t underperformed as badly as the Flyers have lately, losing six of their last eight contests. With just five victories in its past 21 meetings with Columbus, Philly doesn’t really look ready to challenge for a win here, especially with the Jackets being well known to bounce back from heavy defeats almost instantly, with them having notched seven wins on the past nine occasions following a home loss with a margin of at least three snipes.
Prediction: Columbus Blue Jackets
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams are in the Top 8 of sides currently allowing the highest amount of goals per game this season. Plus – the Jackets are also ranking 7th in most snipes netted on average. So, do expect some goals in this one. The very last two meetings between the pair already brought in a total of 17 markers, with the Over going 4-1-1 in the past six Thursday games of Columbus, and 7-1 in the very last eight outings of the Flyers played after a three or more days rest.
Prediction: Over 6